After a suprisingly slow-burn success at the box office, Disney-Pixar’s ELEMENTAL is ready to come home. The film is now available at digital retailers (including Apple TV, Prime Video and Vudu/Fandango) and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.
With a hosted copy of the film, we were able to take a full look at the offerings including exclusive deleted scenes, featurettes, an audio commentary, and the super popular short, “Carl’s Date.”
If you didn’t see ELEMENTAL in theaters, then you likely still haven’t seen the adorable and touching short, “Carl’s Date” which featured the voice talents of the late Ed Asner as Carl and Bob Peterson (who also directed the short) as the voice of Dug. It’s a touching short, especially in retrospect as the final for the character voiced by the original actor.
Featurettes are unfortunately light for this release but still effective. They dive into the exact topics you’d think with Ember and Wade (featuring Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie talking about their characters plus crew discussing the technological advances required to generate characters truly unlike Pixar has seen before), Next Stop: Element City (which takes a closer look at how you bring to life not just a world but its storied history and evolution when it’s built to suit the needs of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water elements) and the Paths to Pixar: The Immigrant Experience (which talks about the deep and personal connections that filmmakers used to bring to life the clever and creative backstories in the film including the well-established watery world and the enhancements by immigrants from Fireland). In total the three featurettes total about 24 minutes.
Surprisingly, Deleted Scenes are candid looks at the filmmaking process with scenes from WILDLY different versions of the film including plot-lines, story threads, (and characters) that did not make it into the final picture. We get not just a nice intro by director Peter Sohn but also individual context for each scene and how they didn’t end up working for the final picture. Below are the scenes including along with their official descriptions, courtesy of Disney.
- Intro Ember – An alternate opening in which our hero Ember helps a newly immigrated Fire family navigate through, and acclimate to, Element City. Scene introduced by director Peter Sohn.
- Mom Rejects Wade – Ember’s traditional parents learn that she’s enamored with watery Wade…and it doesn’t go well. Scene introduced by story supervisor Jason Katz.
- Dante Challenge – In an attempt to keep Ember apart from Wade, Bernie tasks her with finding a place to live for newcomer Dante, who Wade finds himself rather enamored with. Scene introduced by story artist Nira Liu.
- Brook Dinner – Ember joins Wade for dinner at his home, in this abandoned storyline in which Wade’s mother, Brook, is revealed to be the villain diverting water into Firetown. Scene introduced by story artist Anna Benedict.
- Beach Proposal – Sharing a tender moment on the beach, Ember and Wade propose marriage to each other. Scene introduced by story artists Yung-Han Chang and Le Tang.
A welcome addition to any release for fans is an Audio Commentary and the one here features director Peter Sohn, supe tech Sanjay Bakshi, supervising animator Mike Venturini, and directing animator Gwendelyn Enderoglu offering tons of insight and behind the scenes anecdotes for the making of the film.
Unfortunately, for a fantastic film that deserves a whole lot more that is all that we get for this release!
See it for Yourself
ELEMENTAL is available now on all major digital platforms (including Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, ) and on physical 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.